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I've been out of the shop for a few weeks and decided to give the project one last attempt.
No style points, just a plain cylindrical turned box so tiny that it is completely useless. My goal was to make a box that would fit in the bowl of the grail that I made as a part of my first entry.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49139

It is close, the diameter would fit but I think a little of the box may peek out of the top of the grail.
I'm afraid to test the fit as I expect if I put this box in there I will never get it out again.

Once again I used a scrap of pegwood. However this time I decided to use my Jet midi lathe to demonstrate that a watchmaker's lathe isn't required for small turning. If I had a means of using a collet chuck on a Shopsmith I would have used that instead. When turning small objects it is important to use a collet instead of a three or four jaw chuck, your fingers and face get too close to the work to use these safely.

The collet chuck is a Wood River from Woodcraft and I must admit that I am a bit disappointed with this tool. But that is another story.

As before, the photography is the most difficult part of the process, I did a little better this time though.

The tools are fairly simple. (photo 2 & 3)
The lid in progress. (photo 4)
Drilling the ID of the box with a .005" drill. (photo 5 Keep in mind the average sheet of paper is about .003" thick)
The box ready to be parted off. (photo 6)

Dimensions:
Box Diameter .009"
Box Height .012"
Box Inside Diameter .005"

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Once again , WOW. Almost makes being at work at 3 a.m. worthwhile.
 

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Not bad, you actually learned to turn toothpicks.
 

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Great achievement, Troy. I don't think anyone is going to beat that in a hurry.
 

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YOU WIN!!!!!
 

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Murch, glad I could help you pass the time.

Sometimes it is good to push the edge of the envelope.

Thomas, somehow I managed to miss your toothpick box. I guess we have Martyn to thank/blame.
Although as projects go these aren't too bad… No mess, the materials are cheap, and you don't have to worry about cluttering up the house with practice pieces.

Thanks all.
 
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